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“3 Gen­er­a­tions” Open­ing May 12 at Le­font Sandy Springs

Not far­ing so well is Watts, who floun­ders a bit here in an un­der­writ­ten role. Mag­gie is much less in­ter­est­ing than the other char­ac­ters. A sub­plot in­volv­ing her ex and his brother is un­nec­es­sary and life­less. Sadly, it often over­shad­ows the story of Ray/Ra­mona. The story of Ray’s tran­si­tion and the dif­fi­cul­ties in­volved are glossed over for sudsy fam­ily drama.

De­spite some sharp per­for­mances, “3 Gen­er­a­tions” is a light­weight and mostly joy­less ex­pe­ri­ence. One character whines, “I’m not hav­ing a shitty day; I’m hav­ing a shitty ex­is­tence.” There’s a rea­son­able hap- Above: Elle Fan­ning, Naomi Watts and Su­san Saran­don, left to right, star in ‘3 Gen­er­a­tions,’ open­ing May 12 at Le­font Sandy Springs. (Photo cour­tesy The We­in­stein Com­pany) py end­ing here, but it feels un­earned and mis­placed.

The film’s R rat­ing – later changed to PG-13 – raised some eye­brows ini­tially since there is noth­ing re­ally war­rant­ing that rat­ing. The film has also been meet with some crit­i­cism from the trans com­mu­nity for its cast­ing of a cis­gen­der ac­tress in the role of a trans male character. That’s a valid point, but the film has some graver is­sues. “3 Gen­er­a­tions” cer­tainly means well, but isn’t deep enough or coura­geous enough to make much of an im­pres­sion.

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